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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

It doesn't take up a lot of desktop real estate, but this freeware feed reader relies heavily on manual input. Infoscape's multitabbed configuration menu is the program's prime interface. This app could use a wizard or manual to help novice users with program setup and special features. Experienced users will get through setup with minimal fuss.

Infoscape displays feed headlines and a short paragraph in a small pop-up panel. Two configuration sliders make it easy to set the pop-up display interval and time. Adding feeds isn't as easy as with many readers. Without an autodiscovery feature, you're required to input a feed's exact address. Anther simple slider sets how often the feed is polled for new posts. Two pull-down menus make it a snap to change the pop-up display background color and icon for each feed. Double-clicking a pop-up opens the post in your default browser.

Inforeader's pop-up approach makes it a good program to display news headlines without taking up too much space. The initial setup might take less experienced users more time than other feed readers, but it's a decent choice for any level user.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added August 9, 2006
Version 1.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,761
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Infoscape is a RSS news aggregator, which brings to your desktop as many channels as you want, and provides their contents directly as a popup floating window without boring menus or listings. Infoscape allows you to get instant notifications on your email accounts, weather conditions, news channels, and podcasts. RSS 0.9x, 1.0, 2.0 and AtomFeed 0.3 are supported. Version 1.7 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.